° empty

Concordia Parish teachers sent to receive AP training

VIDALIA — A handful of Concordia Parish teachers are headed back to school this summer to attend training sessions aimed at preparing them to teach college-level classes.

The school district will offer three different Advanced Placement (AP) courses for the first time next school year — physics, English language and composition and European history.

The AP program gives high school students the opportunity to enroll in college-level courses at their schools.

The students take the courses as part of their regular high-school curriculum and take a test at the end of the year to determine if they can receive college credits.

Vidalia High School American and world history teacher Donna Hugg is one of several teachers throughout the parish receiving the training to teach the classes.

Hugg will be in Baton Rouge this week meeting with teachers from across the state to develop course objectives and material for the European history class.

“As an educator, we never stop learning, so we’re always open to go and learn new things and techniques that will help us in the future,” Hugg said. “Any time a group of teachers can get together and talk about what works and what doesn’t work, it’s going to benefit everyone.”

The AP classes are high-rigor and high-expectation classes that will require more in-depth learning, Superintendent Paul Nelson said.

“It’s more than just a quick, one shot answer, so it’s getting the kids to think about the answers in multiple steps,” Nelson said. “It will be challenging for our students and teachers going in, but we’re excited to offer high school students an opportunity to be exposed to college courses and to earn college credits.”

Nelson said classes like the one Hugg will teach have never been offered before in the district’s curriculum.

“Those will require some changes in the way the classes are taught, so this training is important for the teachers to know exactly what the expectations will be,” Nelson said. “I think the teachers are very excited for this opportunity, but it is something new and different for them.”

Hugg said she believes the courses will allow students to learn what is expected in a college classroom.

“I think those students who are college bound need to develop their college-level academic skills before they get on campus,” Hugg said. “The students have been asking for the classes for a while, so I think they’re excited for the opportunity.”

Students take an AP exam at the end of the year and are graded on a scale of one to five with five being the highest.

Each college or school uses its own policy regarding the number of hours or credits it gives for a student’s score on the AP exam.

Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, for example, give a total of six credit hours for a score of 4 on the AP physics or English and language composition tests.

“If a high school student takes advantage of the AP and dual-enrollment classes, they could earn up to 30 college credits before even getting to college,” Nelson said. “Having one entire year of college under their belt will be a great opportunity for parents to save on those costs and for students to get exposed to the rigor of college-level courses.”

Another teacher training session will be hosted in July at the ULM campus for English courses.

News

CPSO rules missing person case homicide

News

Adams County supervisors to review ambulance proposals Wednesday

News

Burnley Cook to withdraw from Ward 6 alderman race

News

Viewfinder: Cathedral student starts local health fair

News

Man arrested for Magnolia Grill burglary

News

Photo gallery: Jewish community celebrates Passover with Seder dinner

News

NASD graduation rate up, but still lags behind state average

News

The Dart: Vidalia man studies, takes care of family, too

News

Natchez Early College Academy Fun Day to help raise money for trip to Washington, D.C.

News

Parent University set for Thursday

News

Sunday focus: Voters to determine a quarter million in salaries May 10

News

Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office investigates body found in Monterey

News

County seeking ambulance proposals

News

‘Suzi’s Girls’ remember lasting legacy left by coach

News

Natchez man killed in Ferriday wreck Friday night

News

Photo gallery: The bluff has gone to the DockDogs

News

Tactics in case surrounding alleged attack of parish DA questioned

News

Student charged in verbal assault of teacher

News

City back in court to determine damages in Roundstone case

News

Report: Cuts put school district $1.5M short

News

Faith and Family: R.V.I.C.S. helps Children’s Home

News

Photo gallery: Chalk artist inspired by God creates artwork at First Baptist Church

News

Man previously arrested on rape charges, charged with another sex crime

News

Natchez-Adams School District to pay $127K to former principal